The Baroque Ensemble of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1989 to present a series of concerts of sophisticated baroque music in the baroque church of Maria Bildstein as part of the Bregenz Festival. Over the years, the concerts have become the most popular events of the Festival.
Since February 2004, the Baroque Ensemble has performed annually in the baroque pilgrimage church “Maria in der Tanne” in Triberg in the Black Forest. The ensemble’s first CD was also recorded there. Due to the great success of this CD, fifteen further recordings were made between 2005 and 2019, which have already been played several times on the Austrian culture channel Ö1, on Radio Vorarlberg, on Bayrischer Rundfunk and on Deutschlandfunk.
A particular highlight was the broadcast of the recording of Handel’s “Water Music” in the ARD Night Concert in September 2015. The highlight to date was the ensemble’s concert in May 2016 at the “Center of performing arts” in Beijing as the closing concert of the “Beijing May Festival 2016” with a TV recording by Chinese television.
In 2018, the ensemble was honoured by two Viennese broadcasters: “Radio Klassik Broadcast” chose the new CD “Ave Maria” as “CD of the Week” and the private station “Radio Maria” as “CD of the Month”.
In 2022 the ensemble performed at the “Musiksommer St. Leonhard” and at the “Völkerkundemuseum Wien” as part of the festival “Wir sind Wien”. For 2024, it is planned that the ensemble will perform Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks” at the “Tonspuren Leogang” festival as the first baroque ensemble on the Asitzberg.
The Baroque Ensemble of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra has earned an excellent reputation and is known for its outstanding interpretations of Baroque music. With its concerts and recordings, it regularly delights a wide audience and contributes to the cultivation and dissemination of baroque music.